This webinar uses description, videos and discussion to address several communication difficulties common among echolalic autistic children. Following a brief overview of echolalia and some earlier communication interventions, the webinar will focus mainly on specific ways to help echolalic learners to:
Participants will be able to:
Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Special Educators, Teachers and Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Parents
Provider of the webinar, ReadySetConnect, is a practice management software. Participants of the webinar would become aware of the ReadySetConnect.
2:00- 2:05 : Welcome and introduction, disclosures, polls, and brief coverage of: the basis of echolalia
2:05- 2:15 : Useful evidence-based practices, therapy done prior to interventions presented today, language modeling, and relevant terms (semantic/syntactic, gestalt/analytic, form and function)
2:30- 2:40 : Making choices; answering and asking Wh questions
2:40- 2:50 : Yes/ No questions; building conversation
2:50- 3:00 : Discussion and Q and A with participants (or preview of later communication issues of autism)
Elizabeth, also known as Betsey, is the author of Building Communication and Independence for Children Across the Autism Spectrum: Strategies to Address Minimal Language, Echolalia and Behavior (2021) London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is currently writing a book of narrative nonfiction about the intersection of autism and anxiety.
She has provided speech/language therapy and communication/behavioral consultation to autism families and educators for over 40 years to improve communication and interactions in schools and homes. She has presented at national and regional conferences on topics of autism, communication and sometimes, blindness. She has a particular interest in, and considerable experience with, echolalia and autism in both sighted and blind/visually impaired children.
She receives royalties from her book Building Communication and Independence for Children Across the Autism Spectrum: Strategies to Address Minimal Language, Echolalia and Behavior which is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is receiving a speaking fee from ReadySetConnect.
Elizabeth is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Maine Speech Language Hearing Association (MSLHA).
Being able to hear first hand advice and tactics from the professional and having the opportunity to ask questions about the material. It would have been nice to have a smidge more Q&A time. This program met my needs. Betsey comes very highly recommended by the other professionals in my field and I was extremely pleased to have the opportunity to learn from her!